Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings

Thursday, February 27, 2020





After a national anti-LGBTQ hate group bullied a young transgender girl in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, her community rallied behind her by hosting a community reading of "I Am Jazz" by transgender advocate Jazz Jennings.

Every year, in honor of the Mount Horeb community’s allyship, communities across the country join HRC's Welcoming Schools program for its annual Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings.

Click here to see if there is a public community reading scheduled in your area.

Choose a Reading

Community Reading 
Organize a public reading at your local library, bookstore, place of worship or community center.  

School Reading 
Organize a reading at your school or district. If you are an educator, use our free lesson plans for your classroom reading.

Get Low-Cost or Free Books!

Welcoming Schools and First Book have teamed up to provide free or low-cost new books for Title I eligible educational organizations/programs. Find out if you are eligible. Books are in limited supply!




What Do Readings Look Like?

HRC Foundation’s annual Jazz & Friends readings are as diverse as the hosts and communities that come together to read. From your living rooms to a local bookstore to a community park, you can get creative in choosing a venue that best fits your community's needs!

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